DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins continued their early start to training camp. The Dolphins remain the only AFC East team on the practice field, as they completed Day 3 on Tuesday.
Here are several notes and observations from Miami's practice:
It was not a banner day for Miami's quarterbacks. Starter Ryan Tannehill and backup quarterback Matt Moore both struggled against Miami's defense on the first day in full pads. Tannehill threw a pair of pick sixes to Dolphins safety Chris Clemons and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, respectively. Moore, who had a stellar day on Monday, also threw a pick to safety Jimmy Wilson in team drills. A shaky practice like this reminds you that Tannehill is young and still has a lot to learn. He started 16 games as a rookie in 2012, but he will still have his ups and downs.
One of the reasons the quarterbacks struggled was because the offensive line was shaky all morning. The defensive line did a good job collapsing the pocket, and Tannehill was often rushed into making quick decisions. Miami's defense also brought some complicated blitzes that caused would-be sacks. "It was good," Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive tackle Randy Starks said after practice. "We tried to set the tone and we did that."
As we mentioned earlier in the AFC East blog, Miami’s No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan made his first appearance in practice. The rookie defensive end missed all of organized team activities, minicamp and the start of training camp after getting shoulder surgery in February. Jordan did some drills but did not participate in team duties. He said the plan is to be full contact in the next few days. "I knew how far along I was as far as my injury. I’m just trying to push myself to make sure I’m ready," Jordan said. "I want to be out here. So I’m going to do everything I can to make sure that I’m ready."
Expanding on the injury front, rookie cornerback Jamar Taylor missed Tuesday’s practice after getting injured on Monday. Although this injury is unspecified, Taylor was dealing with a sports hernia injury that held him out of OTAs and minicamp in the offseason. Taylor, a second-round pick, has a chance to earn a role on the team but must get healthy.
The Dolphins will continue their practices for Day 4 of training camp on Wednesday at 8 a.m. ET. Miami will have its only day off for the week on Thursday.